Book Genres (Staff): Psychological Fiction

March 2018

The French Girl By Lexie Elliott

Summary:
We all have our secrets...

They were six university students from Oxford--friends and sometimes more than friends--spending an idyllic week together in a French farmhouse. It was supposed to be the perfect summer getaway...until they met Severine, the girl next door.

For Kate Channing, Severine was an unwelcome presence, her inscrutable beauty undermining the close-knit group's loyalties amid the already simmering tensions. And after a huge altercation on the last night of the holiday, Kate knew nothing would ever be the same. There are some things you can't forgive. And there are some people you can't forget...like Severine, who was never seen again.

Now, a decade later, the case is reopened when Severine's body is found in the well behind the farmhouse. Questioned along with her friends, Kate stands to lose everything she's worked so hard to achieve as suspicion mounts around her. Desperate to resolve her own shifting memories and fearful she will be forever bound to the woman whose presence still haunts her, Kate finds herself buried under layers of deception with no one to set her free...

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March 2018

The Wife Between Us By Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen

Summary:
When you read this book, you will make many assumptions.
You will assume you are reading about a jealous ex-wife.
You will assume she is obsessed with her replacement – a beautiful, younger woman who is about to marry the man they both love.
You will assume you know the anatomy of this tangled love triangle.
Assume nothing.

Twisted and deliciously chilling, Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen's The Wife Between Us exposes the secret complexities of an enviable marriage - and the dangerous truths we ignore in the name of love.

Read between the lies.

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March 2018

A Stranger in the House By Shari Lapena

Summary:
"From the New York Times bestselling author of The Couple Next Door, a new thriller featuring a suspicious accident, a wife who can't account for herself, and unsettling questions that threaten to tear the couple apart You're home making dinner for your husband. You expect him any second. The phone rings--it's the call you hoped you'd never get. You jump in your car and race to a neighborhood you thought you'd never visit. You peer into the dark, deserted building. You brace yourself for the worst. And then, you remember nothing else. They tell your husband you've been in an accident. You lost control of your car as you sped through the worst side of town. The police suspect you were up to no good. But your husband refuses to believe it. Your best friend is not so sure. And even you don't know what to believe.."

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September 2017

Since We Fell By Dennis Lehane

Summary:
Since We Fell follows Rachel Childs, a former journalist who, after an on-air mental breakdown, now lives as a virtual shut-in. In all other respects, however, she enjoys an ideal life with an ideal husband. Until a chance encounter on a rainy afternoon causes that ideal life to fray. As does Rachel’s marriage. As does Rachel herself. Sucked into a conspiracy thick with deception, violence, and possibly madness, Rachel must find the strength within herself to conquer unimaginable fears and mind-altering truths.

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August 2016

What She Knew By Gilly Macmillan

Summary:
In this debut Macmillan explores a mother's search for her missing son, weaving a taut psychological thriller as gripping and skillful as The Girl on the Train and The Guilty One."

A recently divorced mom finds herself in the eye of an increasingly suspicious public after her 8-year-old son suddenly vanishes at a park on a Sunday afternoon and must follow the clues to find him herself.

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August 2016

Try Not to Breathe By Holly Seddon

Summary:
For fans of Gillian Flynn, Laura Lippman, and Paula Hawkins comes Holly Seddon’s arresting fiction debut—an engrossing thriller full of page-turning twists and turns, richly imagined characters, and gripping psychological suspense.

Some secrets never die.
They’re just locked away.

A young journalist fights against the demons of her alcoholism and attempts to restore her professional reputation by tackling the dangerous cold-case mystery of a woman who was left in a coma fifteen years earlier by an unknown assailant.

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July 2016

Under the Harrow By Flynn Berry

Summary:
When Nora takes the train from London to visit her sister in the countryside, she expects to find her waiting at the station, or at home cooking dinner. But when she walks into Rachel's familiar house, what she finds is entirely different: her sister has been the victim of a brutal murder. Stunned and adrift, Nora finds she can't return to her former life. An unsolved assault in the past has shaken her faith in the police, and she can't trust them to find her sister's killer. Haunted by the murder and the secrets that surround it, Nora is under the harrow: distressed and in danger. As Nora's fear turns to
obsession, she becomes as unrecognizable as the sister her investigation uncovers.

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November 2016

Disappearance at Devil's Rock By Paul Tremblay

Summary:
When her 14-year-old son disappears without a trace, Elizabeth learns that the boy and his friends had been hanging out near a reputedly cursed landmark, a situation that turns eerie when she discovers his journal pages and neighbors spot his ghostly shadow throughout the town.

By the author of recent Staff Pick, A Head Full of Ghosts.

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January 2017

Baby Doll By Hollie Overton

Summary:
You've been held captive in one room, mentally and physically abused every day, since you were sixteen years old. Then, one night, you realize your captor has left the door to your cell unlocked. For the first time in eight years, you're free. This is about what happens next ...
Lily knows that she must bring the man who nearly ruined her life to justice. But she never imagined that reconnecting with her family would be just as difficult. Reclaiming her relationship with her twin sister, her mother, and her high school sweetheart, who is in love with her sister, may be Lily's greatest challenge. After all they've been through, can Lily and her family find their way back after this life-altering trauma?"

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February 2017

Two Days Gone By Randall Silvis

Summary:
What causes a man to suddenly snap?

This is the question that haunts Sergeant Ryan DeMarco after the wife and children of beloved college professor and bestselling author Thomas Huston are found slaughtered in their home. Huston himself has disappeared and is immediately cast as the prime suspect. DeMarco knows-or thinks he knows-that Huston isn’t capable of murdering his family. But if Huston is innocent, why is he on the run?

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April 2017

Faithful By Alice Hoffman

Summary:
What happens when a life is
turned inside out?
When love is something so distant it may as well be a star in the sky? 
Faithful is the story of a survivor, filled with emotion, from dark suffering to true happiness, a moving portrait of a young woman finding her way in the modern world. A fan of Chinese food, dogs, bookstores, and men she should stay away from, Shelby has to fight her way back to her own future in New York City.

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April 2017

My Husband's Wife By Jane Corry

Summary:
When young lawyer Lily marries Ed, she's determined to make a fresh start. To leave the secrets of the past behind. But then she takes on her first murder case and meets Joe. A convicted murderer whom Lily is strangely drawn to. For whom she will soon bewilling to risk almost anything. But Lily is not the only one with secrets. Her next-door neighbor Carla may be only nine, but she has already learned that secrets are powerful things. That they can get her whatever she wants. When Lily finds Carla on her doorstep years later, a chain of events is set in motion that can end only one way.--

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April 2017

Behind Her Eyes By Sarah Pinborough

Summary:
The secretary of a successful psychiatrist is drawn into the seemingly picture-perfect life of her boss and his wife before discovering a complex web of controlling behaviors and secrets that gradually reveal profound and dangerous flaws in the couple's relationship.

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May 2017

The Girl Before By JP Delaney

Summary:
In the tradition of The Girl on the Train, The Silent Wife, and Gone Girl comes an enthralling psychological thriller that spins one woman's seemingly good fortune, and another woman's mysterious fate, through a kaleidoscope of duplicity,death, and deception.

Seizing a unique opportunity to rent a one-of-a-kind house, a damaged young woman falls in love with the enigmatic architect who designed the residence, unaware that she is following in the footsteps of a doomed former tenant.

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Summary:
Explores the lives of a Chinese mother and her daughter, who has been adopted by an American couple, tracing the very different cultural factors that compel them to consume a rare native tea that has shaped their family's destiny for generations.

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October 2017

See What I Have Done By Sarah Schmidt

Summary:
A reimagining of the infamous Lizzie Borden murder case profiles a volatile and loveless Borden home where the events surrounding the shocking murders of the parents are presented from the viewpoints of Lizzie, her elder sister, their housemaid and an enigmatic stranger.

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October 2017

Lilli De Jong By Janet Benton

Summary:
Banished from her Quaker home and teaching job after being abandoned by her lover, a pregnant woman gives birth at an institution for unwed mothers in 1883 Philadelphia and refuses to give the child up, braving moral condemnation and poverty in her resolve to support her baby.

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November 2018

Something in the Water By Catherine Steadman

Summary:
A successful banker and a rising filmmaker embark on a blissful paradise honeymoon in Bora Bora,
where the discovery of a
mysterious bag of riches triggers
a sequence of events that indelibly marks their marriage and lives.

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December 2018

Bring Me Back By B.A. Paris

Summary:
A decade after a man's wife disappears without a trace, his new fiancée makes a discovery that raises questions about what happened and whether his first wife
may still be alive. 

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